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How Forest Policy Can Help Limit Climate Change to 1.5°C

Global action on forests can provide over one-third of the mitigation needed between now and 2030 to meet the Paris Agreement's goal of limiting climate change to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. This potential must be leveraged to prompt policymakers and key stakeholders to take action and to give forests value in the real economy. Read the Policy Dialogue Brief

Action on Sustainable Consumption Needed, Workshop Attendees Agree

Sustainable consumption suggests ways we can change our behavior to use the world’s resources and energy more responsibly. Shifting from meat to
plant-based diets, reusing or substituting industrial materials like steel and
cement, and switching from personal vehicles and frequent air travel to public transportation and teleconferencing are all examples. Collectively, these behavior changes can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help limit climate change to just 1.5°C above
preindustrial levels.

From July 10–12, the Stanley Foundation held a workshop in Amsterdam working

with the Hoffman Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy. Representatives of national governments, international organizations, businesses, cities, and others in attendance strongly affirmed the need for action on sustainable consumption policy, and a forthcoming policy dialogue brief will highlight examples, research needs, and immediate opportunities to move the concept forward.

59th Annual Conference Will Feature Four Roundtables

On October 17–19 at the Airlie Center outside Washington, DC, the Stanley Foundation will draw on the experience and knowledge of experts from the public and private sectors to consider key policy challenges. Concurrent roundtables will focus on each of the foundation’s three areas of programming—climate change, nuclear policy, and mass violence and atrocities—with a fourth on the future of global governance. These conversations are intended to generate specific recommendations for policy change and multilateral action. More information.

The group dinner on the second night of the conference will highlight the foundation’s media programming. 

Journalists will share images from their work through a PechaKucha-style presentation.

Valeria Luiselli to Speak at 2018 International Women Authors Event

Award-winning author Valeria Luiselli will be the keynote speaker at the Stanley Foundation’s 12th Annual International Women Authors event October 23, 2018, in Davenport, Iowa. 

Luiselli, born in Mexico City, is a novelist and nonfiction author who writes about themes of absence and loss. She is the author of Faces in the Crowd, Sidewalks, The Story of My Teeth, and Tell Me How It Ends. For the International Women


Authors event, the foundation 
annually invites a writer who was
born and raised overseas to share her stories. Past speakers include Geraldine Brooks, Mariane Pearl, Laila Lalami, and Loung Ung.

Photo by Diego Berruecos

MARK SEAMAN is the new director of communications at the Stanley Foundation and has spent over ten years in strategic communications, issue advocacy, policy research, and humanitarian causes in the United States, Africa, and the Middle East. He most recently worked in Washington, DC, with military veterans, aid organizations, and Iraqis to build US support for Iraq’s sustained peace and reconstruction. Mark earned a master of public affairs degree (summa cum laude) and a master of international affairs degree at the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris and Columbia University in New York, where he focused on human-centered solutions to policy and traditional security. Mark completed his undergraduate education at American University’s School of Public Affairs and is originally from Central Pennsylvania.

The Summer 2018 edition of Courier considers the future of multilateralism. Is it a tool for applying a nation’s collective intellect to the world’s greatest challenges? Or is it an affront to state sovereignty and an indication of political ineptitude?

This issue also explores the UN approach to sustaining peace and the Security Council’s role in climate policy; how Cape Town, South Africa, is modeling climate action at the local level; and the importance of educating youth on the potential of global citizenship.

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